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Italian Cookies with Whiskey and Sour Cream

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From: Theresa
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2017 8:37 PM
Subject: italian cookies with whisky and sour cream

Phaedrus, my Aunt and Grandmother left a recipe for a cookie but not what your supposed to do with 
the dough or any toppings. I remember the cookie being made because I remember 7 minutes on bottom 
rack and 7 minutes on top rack but I do not remember what they looked like.

Here's the recipe:

4 egg yokes
1/2 lb of spry (I tried Crisco shortening)
1/2 lb margarine
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 whisky glass of whisky ( I assumed a 6 oz rocks glass)
1/2 cup sour cream
4 to 5 cups of flour
3 tsp baking powder
pinch of baking soda

refrigerate for 10 minutes before baking
I creamed the spry/shortening with the margarine, added sugar, vanilla sour cream and whisky then the 
flour mixed with the baking soda and powder.
After refrigerating for 10 minutes, I made the below shapes.
So I made flat disks, round balls, crescents, knots, Christmas trees, filled with red raspberry jam and 
folded over sides and round with a thumb print and filled with fig jam. but I don't think any of them 
are correct.
Cook at 350 - 7 minutes on the bottom rack and 7 minutes on the top rack.
I also used a glaze of confectioner sugar and water and tried that but none of what I have done so far 
is familiar to me and I don't think they are supposed to go without some type of topping/glaze.
I tried looking on your site for something similar but am only coming up with sour cream ingredients - 
nothing with a whisky in a cookie.
Can you help?

Hello Theresa,

I have searched our Italian cookbooks and I have searched the Internet, but I cannot find an Italian cookie recipe that has whiskey and sour cream. It’s very difficult without a name for the cookie.

The closest recipe that I can find to your description is not Italian at all – it is Polish. These Polish cookies are called “Chrusiciki” or “Kruschicki ”, and they are sometimes referred to as “knot cookies” or “bow knots” or “bow wings” or “angel wings.”

The cookies are shaped differently in different recipes, some to look like knots and some to look like wings, but the dough is similar.

They are a fried cookie, not baked, but some recipes for them do have sour cream and a bit of whiskey. There are Italian “bow knot” recipes that are similar, but I could not find one with whiskey and sour cream.

There is a chrushki recipe with sour cream and whiskey here: Chrusciki

I can’t do any better with the information that you have. I will post this for reader input. Perhaps someone will recognize them.


From: Theresa
Subject: Re: Italian cookies with whisky and sour cream
Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 7:33 PM

Thank you so much!

Yes, i agree the Chrischicki recipe is similiar and i have made them but the dough is considerably different. 
More of a pastry dough rather than a cookie dough.

Maybe I'll get lucky and someone on your site will recognize the recipe. My understanding is this recipe was 
from my great grandmother who came to this country from Bari, Italy in 1905.

ZCMI Sugar Cookies

From: "Allen" 
Subject: ZMCI Sugar Cookie recipes
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017 1:35 PM

I came across this in my grandmothers recipe book. I don't if it is the 
actual recipe, but she had it written in there as the ZCMI recipe.

ZCMI Sugar Cookies

2 cups shortening
4 cups sugar
4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups milk
2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp baking powder
3 tsp salt
4 eggs beaten
10 cups flour

Mix all ingredients and chill dough. After dough is chilled roll out and cut in to cookies. 
Bake at 350° F for 7  to 10 minutes.


1 cube butter
1 lb. powder sugar
1 tsp almond extract
2 TBS milk

Mix together until smooth.


Banana & Graham Cracker Dessert

From: Johnny
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 1:15 PM

Dear Sir, please allow me to wish you the best and all good things on these happy holidays, 
and may GOD Bless you and all those you love.
I'm writing to you to find a recipe my mother made for us many years ago that she got from 
Nabisco box some time in the late 30's or the 40's it had Graham Crackers, a layer of bananas, 
and an off whitish layer on top.

It was not baked or rather it was a refrigerator type cake made in a 9x18 type of flat pan.
I know that it would almost be impossible to pull this "rabbit out of the hat" and it is almost 
an impossibility to find but if anyone can know what I'm looking for it most certainly would 
be you. I also would understand if you would have no idea of what I'm looking for. In any even 
I thank you so much for any effort you may make and wish you and your's the best for the New Year.

Hello Johnny,

Perhaps one of these is similar:

Banana Graham Cracker Cake 1

Banana Graham Cracker Cake 2

Banana Graham Cracker Cake 3

There are many more similar recipes, but they call for graham cracker crumbs and/or other fruits such as pineapple or cherries.

Happy Holidays


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